(1860) The planet Vulcan is “discovered”
To explain Mercury’s seemingly inexplicable orbit, French mathematician Urbain Le Verrier hypothesizes that a planet must be located between Mercury and the Sun. He names this hypothetical planet after the Roman god of fire.
(1974) National speed limit becomes law
The processing center on Ellis Island in Upper New York Bay opens its doors to immigrants. By 1954, ancestors of over 100 million Americans alive today will have begun their journey to US citizenship here.
(2006) West Virginia’s Sago Mine disaster kills 12
An explosion and subsequent collapse traps 13 miners 280 feet below ground for over 40 hours while media converge and report conflicting news of possible survivors. Only one miner will be found alive.
(2009) $4.4 million dollar sports car found in garage
After sitting idle for 50 years, a rare 1937 Bugatti Type 57S coupe, one of only 17 ever made, is found in good condition in a British garage. It will sell for millions just one month later.